Skip to comments.The 7 Biggest Mistakes Newbie Baby Namers Make
Posted on 04/16/2011 11:46:10 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
There are few things more thrilling in life than having your first baby. But newbie baby namers are prone to making some mistakes that more experienced name choosers are able to avoid.
If you're choosing a baby name for the first time, don't make one of these seven common mistakes:
1. Believing that the names that were popular -- and creative -- when you were a kid still have the same status.
Name tastes have changed radically over the last decade or two. Goodbye, Jessica and Josh, hello Layla and Serenity, Landon and Tristan -- all top 100 names.
2. Thinking that the playground rules are the same as they were back in the day.
Kids no longer get teased for having names that are unique, androgynous, exotic or hard to pronounce or spell. Rather, name diversity is celebrated.
3. Letting your parents have too much say in the baby's name.
Baby names can undoubtedly be a fun topic of family conversation. But the person who changes the diapers at 3 a.m. gets to name the baby.
4. Clinging too tightly to the name you always swore you'd give your first child.
A lot of people -- let's face it: girls -- spend their childhoods coming up with fanciful names they want to give their children. But if that name you always loved has suddenly become uber-popular or clashes with your new last name, let it go.
5. Caring too much about how cool the name choice makes you look.
Sure, pregnancy is cooler than it used to be, with cuter clothes and celebrity role models. But putting a name's cool factor above all else won't make little Bronx's life very easy.
6. Not considering subsequent children's names.
First-time namers are likely to think about, well, their first child's name, but if you name Baby No. 1 Tallulah, then you pretty much rule out Lula, Lila, Delilah, Sula, Tally and maybe even Louis for subsequent children.
7. Not realizing that there's going to be a real live baby ... and child ... and, eventually, grownup on the other end of the naming decision.
We get it that it can seem like your pregnancy is all about you. Sometimes, it can almost come as a shock when an actual baby emerges in the delivery room, instantly asserting her own needs and personality. Try to keep that little (and eventually big) person in mind when you choose the name she'll live with forever.
My husband had a cousin named, Dick Noyes, pronounced noise, yea there were some doozy remarks.
If I were to have another boy Richard Cranium ***** would be my choice.
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I love how #2 and #5 directly contradict each other.
Knew a guy who named his son Richard Myles.....Yeah his last name was Long
My daughter just named her first born Lucas. We’re already calling him Widdle Wookie.
LOL Good one.
There are bunch of Dicks in Victoria, Texas where I grew up-even a Richard Dick.
When my wife was pregnant for our youngest I used to “suggest” names of baseball players. She nixed Mookie, CoCo, Yovardo, Boof, Willy Mo, and (my favorite) Yunieski. She just has no sense of humor.
I once met a corporate receptionist with the name “Latrina” on her name tag.
I was about 6 yrs old when I came to realize my first name was not “Dammit _____”...
Looking at it that way, Bikkuri is perfect.... It means Surprise or Surprised ;)
Watched a Thai film in which one of the characters was named Terd. I said nothing to my Lao friend.
Filipinos have the best nicknames. Bong, Girlie, Joker, Jinkie, hundreds more.
I know another mother that has three males all named Peter. Guess papa's name. Today, they are Pete 1, 2 and 3.
My middle name is James, I was first born in 63’
My brothers middle name is Kirk, second born in 64’
Guess what my mothers favorite show was back then...?
In my first grade class there were six Michaels with M last names and another with a C. There were three Michale McDonald's and two Michael McCarthy's.
I get a laugh thinking about it today. Every time the teacher said “Michael”, half the heads in class would turn.
As in Shanaynay
Can't forget Bon
As in Bon Qui Qui
Bon Qui Qui
Dayum, you were born more than once?!?!
Once is enough for most people.
The only mistake is caring what anyone else thinks about the name you give your child. Foolishness.
Sure it is..... Bikkuri; Avery Iota Kracker
Her last name was Cianci.
Nancy Ann Cianci
A friend of mine new a girl with the name Penelope Candace Barr
Penny Candy Barr
That one would be hard to live down.
“Mine were into amphibians and KNEW Id be a mother some day.”
OK but please don’t name your kids Newt or Tad or Kermit :)
HA HA I used to work for a guy named Noyes first name was Shot!
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Got a pencil Dick...?
I had too do it.
If I hear “Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore” or “Michale Michael motor cycle, turn the key and watch him pee” one more time I shall lose it.
They used to call me Michael Pie. Then Sparky. Then Ratsy... Now it is Hey Dick.
First born son... Got to explain everything to some people.
Have a nice day... Mine is not going to be so pleasant. If I get lucky a tornado will kill me before work.
Grand-babies HAVE been called tadpoles.
Best name, ever!
I feel your pain.
[now slap a first name that ends in a smarmy, cheerleader bimbo-esque “i” in front of that]
Just call me Shar.
I hate pom poms.
But try to have a good one anyway.
A little girl spoke up and said her name was "LaDasha ...the 'dash' don't be silent."
Better one - this is NO JOKE - WalMart cashier, twenty something - “CarLexus.”
We used to have a female wildlife officer here named Fonda Payne. Eventually she married, and we had some fun imagining different married names for her. Peters was a favorite. Very nice lady actually.
But the most unfortunate I knew of was a girl named Anita Eaton.
Best names in a series... four brothers named Dallas, Austin, Tyler, and Houston.
All true stories.
Are they big fans of To Kill a Mockingbird?
I always liked "Tug," though. ;-)
“You know who you are, and you know what you did!”
My son and his wife had their first baby 2 weeks ago. He is named after my son, who is named for his grandfather (my father) and his wife’s father.
My father’s name goes back to the 18th century in my father’s family. Family names still strong choices in the South.
You guys are lucky. Look what my parents named me. “Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears.”
Do you realize how many times I have to spell that over the phone???
Benny Hill suggested a gourmet dish, Chicken ala Freud.
Aka, “Freud Chicken.”
I forsee years of intense counseling for the poor kid.
I know of a little girl named, “female”..pronounced “fee-mall-e”...nice huh
I went to school with Anita Dickman....
Wasn’t that the girl’s name in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?
#8 biggest mistake: Taking advice from moronic articles whose authors have no more expertise in naming kids than you do.
When naming a child, the final test should always be to go out your front door and scream the whole name at the top of your lungs.
“Grand-babies HAVE been called tadpoles.”
Maybe girl grand-babies should be called gribbettes? :)
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